E-lert / Cyberavis is a weekly alerting service commissioned for CARL Directors. Coverage is principally: research, innovation, scholarly publishing, scholarly communication, scholarly journals, electronic journals, copyright and access to published government information.

E-lert / Cyberavis est un service de signalement hebdomadaire à l'intention des membres de l'ABRC. Il porte principalement sur les domaines suivants: recherche, innovation, édition savante, communication savante, périodiques savants, périodiques électroniques, droit d’auteur et accès aux informations gouvernementales rendues publiques.


The minutes (members only) of the May 12, 2008, CARL Board meeting are available on the members’ distribution site.


Le procès-verbal (accès réservé aux membres) de la réunion du 12 mai 2008 du Conseil d’administration de l’ABRC est disponible sur le site de distribution des membres.


DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons Form Working Collaboration
July 29, 2008

Today two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, the DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons, announced plans to combine strengths to work on joint initiatives that will more closely align their organizations’ goals and better serve both open source repository communities in the coming months. This advance comes as institutions such as universities, libraries, museums and research laboratories worldwide are focused on utilizing open source software solutions for the dissemination and preservation of scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage digital content into the future.

The Virtuous Competition in Cloud Computing Research
Steve Lohr
The New York Times, July 29, 2008

One more sign that we’ve entered the cloud computing era: the big corporate players are competing with each other to rev up academic research initiatives (partly with an eye toward wooing future computer scientists to work for them). Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard and Intel announced a research venture on Tuesday that spans the United States, Germany and Singapore. The goal is to advance Internet-scale computing — the proverbial “cloud,” in which more computing chores are delivered to personal computers and cell phones as services, with the heavy computational lifting done remotely in large data centers.

Trois plaintes contre des fournisseurs Internet
Charles Dubé
Le Droit, 29 juillet 2008

Un centre de recherche de l'Université d'Ottawa a déposé trois nouvelles plaintes devant le commissaire à la protection de la vie privée contre des fournisseurs d'accès à Internet qui vendraient des informations personnelles sur leurs clients sans leur consentement. La Clinique d'intérêt public et de politique d'Internet du Canada (CIPPIC) estime que ces entreprises compilent des renseignements à l'aide d'une technologie relativement nouvelle, appelée "inspection approfondie des paquets", pour ensuite les vendre à des compagnies qui font de la publicité ciblée, une pratique déjà très contestée aux États-Unis et au Royaume-Uni.

Microsoft Research Unveils Free Software Tools to Help Scholars and Researchers Share Knowledge
July 28, 2008

At the ninth annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, leaders from Microsoft Research outlined their vision for how Microsoft Corp. and academics can collaborate on research projects to develop technological breakthroughs that will define computing and scientific research in the years ahead. Speaking to more than 400 faculty members from leading research institutions worldwide, Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s External Research Division, emphasized the role his group plays in supporting collaborative research projects. In the area of scholarly communication, Hey said, “Collecting and analyzing data, authoring, publishing, and preserving information are all essential components of the everyday work of researchers — with collaboration and search and discovery at the heart of the entire process. We’re supporting that scholarly communication life cycle with free software tools to improve interoperability with existing tools used commonly by academics and scholars to better meet their research needs.”

Former Employees of Google Prepare Rival Search Engine
Miguel Helft
The New York Times, July 28, 2008

In her two years at Google, Anna Patterson helped design and build some of the pillars of the company’s search engine, including its large index of Web pages and some of the formulas it uses for ranking search results. Now, along with her husband, Tom Costello, and a few other Google alumni, she is trying to upstage her former employer. Their company, Cuil, unveiled a search engine that they promise will be more comprehensive than Google’s and that they hope will give its users more relevant results.


Canadian Libraries on the Agenda: their accomplishments and directions
Gwynneth Evans and Réjean Savard
IFLA Journal, Volume 34, Number 2, June 2008

The authors present an analysis of Canadian libraries in the light of the current [IFLA] president’s theme: Libraries on the Agenda. Claudia Lux chose this theme with colleagues to emphasize the role of libraries in the information society and to encourage them to contribute to all sectors of society and to national development. The article is based on the review of a number of studies and on reports and research found in and beyond library literature. This article explains the major trends affecting all libraries in Canada: funding, digitization of collections, consortial arrangements for electronic collections, education, etc. The authors then review the situation in the various types of libraries; national, academic, public, school and special libraries. They conclude the paper with a reflection on leadership and the observation that Canadian libraries are on the agenda and active.

Two new policies widen the path to balanced copyright management: Developments on author rights
Karla L. Hahn
C&RL News, Volume 69, Number 7, July/August 2008
A light bulb is going off that is casting the issue of author rights management into new relief. On January 11, 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a revision of its Public Access Policy. Effective April 7, 2008, the agency requires investigators to deposit their articles stemming from NIH funding in the NIH online archive, PubMed Central. The shift from a request to a requirement comes at a propitious time; academic libraries already have been building infrastructure to work with faculty on both rights management and repository deposit. Author rights management has been the most common focus of faculty outreach on campuses in recent years.

Access Revolution: The Birth, Growth, and Supremacy of Electronic Journals as an Information Medium
Norm Medeiros
in Jones, Wayne, Eds. E-Journals Access and Management, chapter 12, pp. 187-199, Routledge, 2008

The tremendous growth of e-journals in the marketplace has forced libraries to rethink their means of providing access to these coveted resources. Over the past 20 years, methods to connect users to e-journals have taken different shapes, fluctuating among a plethora of theories, ideologies, and technologies. This chapter attempts to synthesize the methods employed by academic libraries during this period to provide seamless e-journal access to users.


ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication Web Resources Updated & Reconfigured
July 29, 2008

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has updated and reconfigured the FAIR (Freely Available Institute Resources) Web site, where faculty and alumni of the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication share outreach and program development tools with the broader community. FAIR is a component of the Institute on Scholarly Communication, a joint program of ARL and ACRL that promotes the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues.

Molecular Biology Databases

This work is being developed under the auspices of the Science Commons Data project and builds upon the Science Commons Open Access Data Protocol proposing requirements for interoperability of scientific data. The objective of this project is to assess the accessibility of databases by analyzing their interfaces to access data and their reuse policies in order to identify those that are in the public domain, starting with databases hosted by the Life Science Resource Name (LSRN) Schema registry.

Webcast: Our World Digitized: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
MIT World, April 10, 2008

In conversation with moderator Henry Jenkins, Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities and Director of Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT, panelists discussed their hopes and fears for the emergence of online democracy.


Digital Libraries à la Carte 2008
Tilburg, The Netherlands, August 25-29, 2008

This course consists of seven modules of one day each. Sylvia Van Peteghem, Chief Librarian at Ghent University in Belgium, leads the course. Most modules offer lectures given by experts in their field. Lectures are either concluded with a 30-minute discussion session or contain an interactive component, thus guaranteeing the highly interactive nature of the programme. Lectures can be alternated with working group sessions. During hands-on modules participants receive practical instruction in a computer room and develop their own skills during hands-on exercises.

Diego Argáez
Research Officer / Agent de recherche

Canadian Association of Research Libraries / Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada
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